Community Events/Announcements for the Week of March 26th!

The events and resources below are sent out weekly to staff and families of students with disabilities via email.  If you would like to be added to the email list, please send me an email (jwaggener@glnd.k12.va.us) and I’ll add you to this list!

Events

  • The Autism Society of Central Virginia is hosting a “Say What You Need To Say: Helping Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Use Scripts Effectively” workshop for parents and educators.  For those of you who have children with autism or teach children with autism, you know that many students with autism have a tendency to repeat phrases over and over and/or “get stuck” on repeating certain information in which they may have restricted interests.  This workshop will inform parents and educators of strategies to help students with ASD communicate with others more effectively.  The event will be held on 4/13/18 at 7:00 p.m. and River Road United Methodist Church.  The event is free!
  • Michelle Garcia Winner is coming to Richmond!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with her, she’s an expert when it comes to teaching social skills to children with autism.
    • If you are a parent, she’ll be presenting on 4/26/18 at 7:00 p.m.  See the Autism Society of Central Virginia’s newsletter for more details.
    • If you are a teacher, she’ll be presenting on 4/27 from 7:30-3:45 on the Social Thinking curriculum and the Informal Dynamic Assessment.  Teachers can register for the event here.
    • Both events are free!
  • The Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) network will be hosting a screening of the documentary Resilience at the Byrd Theatre on 4/10/18 at 6:00 p.m.  This documentary focuses on the impact of trauma on children and how trauma can lead to greater risks for disease as well as other negative outcomes in adulthood.  The documentary focuses on building resilience in children to hopefully offset some of these potentially negative outcomes.  Our division leadership team has viewed this documentary.  I can personally attest to its powerful message.  It’s a must see!

Resources

  • The Center on Transition Innovations at VCU has a wealth of resources on their website!  Some of the highlights:
    • There’s a work-based learning course that is meant for students with disabilities as they transition to the working world.  Parents and teachers can also sign up to take this course.  Information and resources included in the course are applicable to teachers and parents as well.
    • There are also TONS of archived webinars that you all may find interested, including webinars focused on accessing accommodations in community college, promoting internet safety for children with disabilities, summer employment for children with disabilities, and transitioning to independent living for young adults with disabilities.
  • Autism Speaks has put together a Financial Planning Tool Kit for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.  Click here to download it for free.
 

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